Why not set up a cycling club at your school?
It's possible to run indoor activities through the winter months, then get outside and do skills and races on the playground and even plan some rides.
Our colleague Simon in Southend has developed a five week programme culminating in a ride to the Olympic Mountain Bike Course at Hadleigh Wood (see here). Can you think of a destination near to you that would make a great ride? View our Maps section to see how you could get there. Take a look at our led ride risk assessment.
Mr Duffy at Edward Peake Middle School in Biggleswade runs a successful cycling club. This includes fixing bikes, developing promo materials, cycling skills, challenges, races and led rides. He can give you some tips and advice.
We have a bike polo set consisting of mallets and balls. This is semi-permanently on loan to Edward Peake Middle School in Biggleswade, but you would be able to arrange to borrow it too. This is best suited for middle school or secondary school age pupils. It does wonders for bike control but is not without risks.
Find out more about Bike Polo here.
You can view our guidance notes here.
An example risk assessment is here.
Advice for schools is here.
British Cycling's Go Ride programme can include school clubs. The organisation runs CPD sessions and can be a great way to get curriculum outcomes in PE. For secondary schools, it can be incorporated into GCSEs, with Y10s and Y11s perhaps helping to coach younger pupils in a bike club. Click here for a case study showing how Sustrans can support this.
The school can invite British Cycling in to run Go Ride sessions. Contact Catherine Ruffley if you are interested. Catherine can bring bikes suitable for Y5 and up. For younger pupils, they would have to bring their own bikes.
Cycling is included in the Bedfordshire School Games. Y6 pupils can get involved. Contact your local SGO for details. Catherine can organise L1 introductory races at your school. The L3 games will take place at Priory Park in Bedford on 27th June 2018.
If the school is interested in investing in a fleet of bikes, Sustrans may be able to support you. Please get in touch.
Click here to find out more.
Details and dates of British Cycling's Coaching for Schools Qualification can be viewed here.
British Cycling's Go Ride for Schools brochure can be viewed here.
Click here for a skills development pathway for pupils.